In August 2011, after announcing his candidacy for the 2012 nomination for president, then-Governor Rick Perry appeared before a New Hampshire business group to discuss his policy ideas.
After giving his presentation, Perry was asked in a Q & A session about his skepticism over global warming. He responded by saying the issue had become so politicized and full of manipulated data that debates on the topic had been hijacked by the scientists who had “dollars rolling into their projects.”
Perry further stated his opposition to the high cost of implementing “anti-carbon programs” and concluded “I don’t think from my perspective that I want America to be engaged in spending that much money on what’s still a scientific theory that has not been proven, and from my perspective, is more and more put into question.”
Why did I take you on this journey down memory lane? Because apparently Perry’s perspective has changed in the Age of Trump under some very interesting circumstances.
Earlier this week, I wrote about how the GOP and Nationalists are working on legislation to impose a tax on carbon emissions. In the piece, I showed how it was highly probable that Trump would sign such a bill if put on his desk due to Ivanka’s role as his defacto climate czar and her devotion to Al Gore’s global warming hysteria.
It’s in this environment that Perry appeared on CNBC and not only embraced so-called climate change but stated his belief that it’s manmade. He also said, “Policies that reduce emissions” are needed to clean up the environment because “that’s just common sense.”
When the Senate confirmed Perry to lead the Department of Energy — an agency he pledged to eliminate during his 2012 campaign but supported when interviewing for the Secretary job — Republicans like Sen. Lisa Murkowski cheered. You may recall Murkowski teamed up with Sen. Joe Manchin recently to begin a push for “responsible solutions” to the so-called climate crisis.
There will be passengers on the Trump Train who will dismiss Perry’s embrace of the global warming religion. They will claim it has nothing to do with Trump’s agenda and will point to Trump’s fake withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement as evidence just as Perry did in the CNBC interview.
I could agree with them but then we’d both be wrong because the reality is that true conservatism has been destroyed and Trump’s Nationalist Conservatism has replaced it.
It’s a big government, pro-Socialist, anti-free market ideology, but it’s a perfect fit for Perry’s conversion as a born again global warming believer and his promise that Trump will “address the climate” even though, according to him, Trump is already “making more progress than any administration in history in reducing emissions.”
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative.
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